Over the past few years, Colorado natives Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats have made a big name for themselves. Selling over 700,000 albums, the band still hasn’t lost their passion for the Colorado music scene. They will be performing for Take Note Colorado, a concert benefiting music education for Colorado schools. All proceeds for the show will go to the Colorado Music Coalition, a new nonprofit group dedicated to promoting music education throughout the state. The coalition is working directly with Governor Hickenlooper as part of his new music initiative. Fueled by his own love for music, the governor hopes to improve music education to inspire future musicians.
Take Note Colorado will be working with a variety of donors as well as musicians. It is something that no other state has done, and Governor Hickenlooper hopes that Colorado can serve as a model for the nation as a whole. With art programs depleting in schools, music education is often the first to be cut even though studies suggest that children who participate in music have higher academic success and lower dropout rates. For some, music can be a creative outlet or an extracurricular activity. For others, music is everything, a part of life.
With incentive to preserve Colorado’s music scene, Colorado-bred bands are coming together to raise funding. Along with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, the show will feature OneRepublic, Isaac Slade of The Fray, Todd Park Mohr, Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident, Tracksuit Wedding, and Josh Blue. Hoping to raise $500,000, the money will go to getting instruments and instruction for K-12 Colorado schools. Their goal is to make sure that every child has access to music education and have the opportunity to start pursuing their dreams.
Working with several Colorado celebrities, Isaac Slade of The Fray is a chairman for the coalition. Fueled by his own childhood experiences playing, Slade works to bring together musicians, politicians, and donors, serving as a role model for his own son who has picked up a love for the drums. On the political side of the spectrum, daughter of a billionaire family Libby Anschutz is dedicated to the cause. Wanting to play music since she was young, Anschutz now performs with Tracksuit Wedding who will play at the concert. With the dedication of all those involved, Colorado has a chance to make history with its musical culture, starting with every child that wants to play.
The Take Note Colorado concert will be held May 4th at the 1STBank Center in Broomfield. Doors open at 6:30 and the show will begin at 7:30. Tickets are $25-$55 and can be found HERE. VIP passes are $250 and include premium seating, early entry, dinner, and a hosted bar.